Call it the summer of Clinton’s contentment.
Say the Dragons are a surprise or argue that it was expected in the second year under the guidance of head Coach Darrell Keith. Dub it a feel-good story about a team and the community that loves it. Perhaps it’s best to just say as it is: The 2021 Clinton Dragons are 2-0 and Dragon Nation is fired up.
The excitement surrounding the Dragons is warranted after thrashing William Blount 41-23 on the road and Austin East 51-13 at Knoxville West (technically a home game but played at a neutral site due to city of Clinton Field not being ready at game time).
The first true home game for the Dragons will be Friday night when they host their longstanding arch-rivals, the Oak Ridge Wildcats.
Joe Gaddis brings his Wildcats to Clinton sporting a deceptive 0-2 record after dropping back-to-back home games to South Doyle and Knoxville West. Oak Ridge could very easily be 2-0, and this will be a test for the Dragons — a sort of benchmark of where the development of the program stands. Fans of both programs have every reason to be excited. Expect a full house at City of Clinton Field Friday.
And it’s not just football that has the community excited. Head Coach Caleb Williams has the Clinton girls soccer team sitting with a 3-0 record at press time, boasting wins over Fulton, Greenback and Gatlinburg-Pittman.
In three games, the Dragons have outscored their opponents by an eye-popping margin of 20-1.